The Global Apprenticeship Network (GAN) was established in late 2013 in response to the global youth unemployment crisis and the need for business to develop skills for the future.
The GAN recently announced the appointment of BIAC’s Secretary General, Bernhard Welschke, as the new treasurer of the GAN. In this role, Bernhard Welschke will guide the GAN Board in the financial administration and budget of the Secretariat for a 2-year term.
Supported by BIAC, the ILO, the IOE, and the OECD, the coalition’s main goal is to boost youth employability and skills development. It is an international coalition of committed companies, international organizations and employers’ federations whose motto is to “open doors for youth” within its wide network of members and partners on both global and national levels. GAN members together, with the ultimate goal to create “jobs for youth and skills for business”:
- commit to action
- advocate for work-readiness programs
- share best practices
- facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnerships
GAN Membership is at a CEO-level with Board Members including: The Adecco Group (Chair), ABB, Accenture, Fundación Telefónica, IBM, J.P. Morgan, Microsoft, and UBS. Regular Members include: Astra International, JobzMall, Nestlé, Randstad, and Mastercard Foundation. As of 2018, ten GAN National Networks (GNNs) have been launched in Turkey, Indonesia, Spain, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Malawi, Tanzania, France and Costa Rica. These GNNs are the in-country platforms which allow the GAN to achieve concrete results. The GNNs’ essential role is to quantify commitments and root the GAN concepts within the national context – catering to the distinct economic, cultural and institutional needs present at the national and local level. Through the GNNs, led by employers’ federations, a coalition of over 100 companies have committed, sparking the impetus for a global movement towards promoting work-readiness programs for youth.